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How do I order copies of birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificates?

If the event took place in the Walsall District you can apply to us for a copy certificate. If this is not the case, you will need to contact the relevant register office. To do this visit the General Register Office website for England and Wales via the links at the bottom of this page, and then type the town or postcode into the search facility on the site.

How do I apply for copy certificates in Walsall?

Please contact the Register Office on the details below whilst our webpage is non-operational to discuss copy certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships. If we do not think we have the correct registration in our records we will contact you.  In these circumstances the fee taken will be retained as a search fee.

If you use the online application form, please note the payment reference number in case you have to contact us about your payment.

If you are unable to apply online you can also apply for copy certificates by post to: The Register Office, Civic Centre, Hatherton Road, Walsall WS1 1TN. Please complete the relevant application form(s) and send together with a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque or postal order ( we do not accept third party cheques) for the correct fee made payable to “Superintendent Registrar”. You can also apply by making a personal visit to the office at the address above.

Fees and Services

For security reasons, all certificates will be posted first class and signed for and a postal charge of £6.00 will be added to your order.

Standard 5 day service

£11.00 statutory fee for each certificate

Applications will be processed within five working days. Your certificate will be sent by first class and signed for post.  You can also collect certificates from Walsall Register Office on the date provided.

Please note that no liability will be accepted by Walsall Council for non-delivered items.

It costs £11.00 for a short or full copy of a birth certificate. Short copies of birth certificates are not suitable in all application processes, such as passports, and it may be more appropriate to order a full (standard) copy. A short birth certificate shows the names, date and district of birth; a full (standard) birth certificate shows all of the information recorded in the registration including parent's details.

Please note that if the event you are applying for a certificate where the event did not take place in Walsall, the £11.00 will be retained as a search fee.


Priority Service:  For collection: If you need a certificate quickly and you apply for it by 1pm, it will be available after 10.00am. the following working day. You can do this in person at Walsall Register Office.  If you order after 1.00pm it will be ready the next working after 3.00pm.


The cost is £35.00.  


Priority Service:  For posting: Applications received for posting of certificates received by 1p.m. will be processed and posted the same day using Royal Mail 1st Class 'recorded signed for' which aims to deliver the next working day.  This service is available Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays.  Applications received after 1p.m. will be processed the next working day.  


An additional £6.00 must be added to your application to cover processing and postage.

Certificates will need to be signed for at the point of delivery.


Where can I get a certificate if I was adopted?

The General Register Office for England and Wales holds the adopted children's register. Please visit their website if you require further information. If you have been legally adopted through a court, the adoption certificate is the document required for all official purposes.

Data Protection Statement

We will use the data you provide for the sole purpose of this application. Your personal details will be retained for a maximum of two years and will not be passed to other parties or used for any other purposes.

Useful Links

We have also included links to the General Register Office in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, should you wish to find out further information about your family history.

  • Birmingham Central Library
  • Bridgend Reference and Information Library
  • City of Westminster Archives Centre
  • Manchester City Library
  • Plymouth Central Library
  • The British Library
  • The London Metropolitan Archives

    It should be noted that it is not possible to obtain a certificate at any of the locations listed above although some offices may provide internet access to the GRO online ordering service.

    Do you need to contact us?

    Please contact us on 0300 555 2847 or by e-mail at walsallregisteroffice@walsall.gov.uk